Prajapala, Prajāpāla, Praja-pala: 7 definitions


Prajapala means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Prajapala in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Prajāpāla (प्रजापाल) is the name of an ancient king from Śrīnagara, according to chapter 6.8 [śrī-mahāpadma-cakrin-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“There is a city Śrīnagara in the province Sukaccha, ornament of East Videha in this Jambūdvīpa. There King Prajāpāla, devoted to the care of his subjects, was a cloud for the scattering of the haṃsas of the glory of other kings. One day, when he saw a sudden flash of lightning, disgusted with existence, he took the vows in the presence of Muni Samādhigupta. For a long time he kept the vows like the blade of a sword and, after he died, was born as the Indra of Acyuta. For even a little penance is not fruitless”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prajapala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prajāpāla (प्रजापाल).—a king, sovereign.

Derivable forms: prajāpālaḥ (प्रजापालः).

Prajāpāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prajā and pāla (पाल). See also (synonyms): prajāpālaka.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prajāpāla (प्रजापाल).—[bhū-, bhūmi], and

Prajāpāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prajā and pāla (पाल).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prajāpāla (प्रजापाल).—[masculine] protector of creatures i.e. Kṛṣṇa, or protector of subjects i.e. king, sovereign.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Prajāpāla (प्रजापाल):—[=prajā-pāla] [from prajā > pra-jan] m. ‘protector of creatures’, Name of Kṛṣṇa, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] a prince, king, [ib.; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a king, [Varāha-purāṇa]

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Prajapala in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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